Stories by Amanda Griscom Little

Amanda Griscom Little writes the Muckraker column for Grist Magazine. subscribe to Amanda Griscom Little's feed

Posted on: Aug 3, 2004, Source:

A bold lawsuit filed last week against five major U.S. energy companies may have the strange side effect of encouraging utilities to ask the feds for mandatory emissions caps.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2004, Source:

Environmentalism descended on the Democratic National Convention this week in the form of biodegradable balloons and recycled confetti – and that's just the beginning.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2004, Source:

All the talk of pending EPA enforcement actions is just that – election-year talk. It may fool voters, but Bush's big campaign contributors won't lose any sleep.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2004, Source:

Critics who faulted Gore for putting his lifelong environmental leadership on the back burner during his tenure as veep wonder whether John Edwards will abandon his green advocacy as quickly as he adopted it.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2004, Source:

An abandoned Brooklyn warehouse heralds the onset of hipster environmentalism and proves that anyone can be a pioneer in sustainable building.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2004, Source:

Big Oil, environmentalists, the State Dept., and the Dept. of Defense all support the "Law of the Sea" treaty signed by every member of the U.N. Security Council; so what's the hold up here?

Posted on: Jun 16, 2004, Source:

If congressional republicans truly wanted to pass the energy bills before them all they'd have to do is remove one controversial provision -- but a sound energy policy isn't what they're after.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2004, Source:

Reagan infamously declared that, 'trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.' Unlike Bush, his administration told you exactly what they were up to.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2004, Source:

If the science in 'The Day After Tomorrow' doesn't ring true, at least the administration's incompetence does; the government's own climate change website was mysteriously held up in the wake of the film's controversy.

Posted on: May 23, 2004, Source:

The Bush administration 'reinterprets' the organic label to include antibiotics and pesticides without consulting the National Organic Standards Board or the public.

Posted on: May 5, 2004, Source:

Even Reagan and Bush Sr. agreed that polluters, rather than taxpayers, should pay to clean up their messes; the current Bush administration doesn't seem to agree.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2004, Source:

A letter from one of the largest Christian organizations taking Bush to task for his environmental record brings two words to mind: 'swing voter.'

Posted on: Apr 22, 2004, Source:

A new report shows that mandatory emissions caps on corporations are more effective than voluntary programs. A no-brainer to most but not to the current administration.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2004, Source:

Senator Jeffords is forced to take EPA nominees 'hostage' and hold them for 'ransom' to gain access to EPA records; enviros see beneficial side effects.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2004, Source:

Craig Manson, Bush's point person on species and parks, responds to criticism of Bush's environmental record -- including accusations that it manipulated science.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2004, Source:

According to one environmental group the EPA has been 'misoverestimating' the fuel economy of cars sold in the U.S.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2004, Source:

Among the ongoing flurry of controversies surrounding the Bush administration's plan for dealing with the toxic pollutant is evidence that utility companies wrote large chunks of EPA policy.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2004, Source:

A recent GOP memo warned Republicans that ignoring clean water could be bad for their political health. Will they fix the problem or just the appearance?

Posted on: Mar 16, 2004, Source:

A new report from the EPA's Inspector General accuses the agency of suppressing drinking water violations to meet safety standards.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2004, Source:

John Kerry discusses all things environmental -- from Bush: 'worst record in modern history' to his beloved Harley.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2004, Source:

Bush's plan to drill in New Mexico prompted one critic to comment: 'In this case it's just naked decision-making to the benefit of the corporate interest.'

Posted on: Mar 8, 2004, Source:

The Bush administration and some members of Congress are once again trying to breathe life into a problematic Energy Bill -- with some unexpected obstacles.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2004, Source:

Why has a legal tennis match between the Bush administration and, well, everyone else, occurred over the relatively minor issue of snowmobiles in Yellowstone?

Posted on: Feb 6, 2004, Source:

Election year worry over the ballooning federal deficit (and more than a few sweetheart giveaways) have thus far stalled the energy bill on its second go round.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2004, Source:

In an attempt to defuse an election-year issue, the EPA steps in on the MTBE issue in New Hampshire.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2004, Source:

Grist Magazine grills Interior's Lynn Scarlett, one of the architects of Bush's 'new environmentalism,' revealing just how complex this battleground really is.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2004, Source:

The theories of environmental sustainability are defining principles of the Democratic presidential contender's entire political strategy.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2004, Source:

The Democratic presidential talks green -- and promises his next SUV will be a hybrid.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2004, Source:

While we stuffed stockings and lit menorahs Bush's elves were busy pushing major 'regulatory changes' in environmental standards.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2004, Source:

Many EPA officials resign due to increasing 'compliance assistance to industry.' And if that doesn't do it, maybe a $25,000 bonus will.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2003, Source:

The Supreme Court may have killed any chance to find out if Cheney's clandestine task force negotiations were illegally influenced by energy industry kingpins.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2003, Source:

Robert Redford gets heated up about the Bush environmental agenda, global warming, clean energy and worms.<br>Yes, worms.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2003, Source:

The New Republic editor's latest L.A. Times op-ed defending George Bush's record reveals a journalist more interested in posturing than in the facts.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2003, Source:

Why did the Bush administration let a profitable energy-efficiency program lapse?

Posted on: Jun 30, 2003, Source:

Meet the Apollo Alliance and the Energy Future Coalition -- two new clean-energy coalitions that talk up national security and the economy.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2003, Source:

Bush's FreedomCAR initiative is a poorly-masked welfare program for the auto and oil industries, but has at least sparked public and mainstream media interest in clean fuel.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2002, Source:

In the face of corporate scandals and widespread greenwashing, one group is helping promote companies that help the Earth.